Where to Eat
It’s been a goal of ours to find and bring recognition to areas that accommodate vegan living, and Scottsdale definitely did not disappoint. Before deciding to make a visit, we had exhausted many lists of vegan travel destinations featuring the same cities over and over again. We knew that veganism has been spreading like wildfire and cruelty-free areas couldn’t have been limited to just California, Washington and Oregon!
Using the handy-dandy Yelp website, we were able to really see how many restaurants in a given area had plant-based options and Scottsdale seemed to be rocking to vegan scene! The best part is there were non-processed dishes to try, which is hard to come by living in Las Vegas.
Now we are not as hardcore as we’d like to be (maybe someday) and like to try a bit of local non-vegan options when traveling. So if you are exploring with friends who are either transitioning or straight up not vegan, there are things on this list for them to try as well!
The atmosphere here was very inviting and there were people of all ages. Whether you are traveling with your kids or here with your partner, you’ll love the laid back atmosphere, especially on the patio. I personally loved the trivia cards on each table inside black pepper containers!
I started off with The Vig’s ‘Daily Mule’ which had a nice spice to it. For my entree I tried out their black bean burger which was delicious! I usually don’t care much for black bean patties but this one had a realistic meat-like texture to it.
Find out more about The Vig here.
Simon’s Hot Dogs
Simon’s Hot Dogs makes it very easy for customers to customize each hot dog according to preference/dietary needs. I loved that with a little creativity, no dish was off limits! We both decided to get the California style vegan hot dog and it was really good comfort food. The top photo is of the Colombian and the bottom is the Tokyo Madness.
Find out more about Simon’s Hot Dogs here.
Olive & Ivy
Now this is where one of those cheat meals I talked about comes in. If you’re looking for a non-vegan meal around Old Town, you’ve got to check out Olive & Ivy.
The first dish photographed is a bruschetta with pepper jam and asparagus. It had a nice balance of sweet and spiced (but not hot spicy) flavors and was crunchy to bite into.
The others dishes featured are a truffle pasta, salmon with potatoes and a lemon sponge cake. Mm!
Find out more about Olive & Ivy here.
The following morning we decided to get back on track and try out a breakfast place that specializes in vegan eggs. If you eat a lot of vegan food, you can only imagine how excited we were at the thought of a vegan breakfast!
I make scrambled tofu all the time but the tofu eggs they make at Scramble are PERFECTION. It seriously made my day when I found this giant shelving full of hot sauce!
Find out more about Scramble here.
Farm & Craft
If you are looking for a quick bite to eat in Old Town where you can bring your dog, check out Farm & Craft. They have a patio that even supplies dog toys!
I loved how fresh and healthy the food here was. It was a great way to get some nutrition in without over-stuffing myself. If you decide to come here, I highly recommend the tofu & beats as well as the lavender lemonade.
Find out more about Farm & Craft here.
If you’ve got to have your sweet fix after going to Farm & Craft you’ll only need to walk across the street to find Super Chunk. Grab yourself a sorbet and check out all the neat stuff they have in the attached store.
Find out more about Super Chunk here.
True Food Kitchen
Going to True Food Kitchen was a great reason to visit the Scottsdale Quarter. I have to say that my favorite part of this place is the cocktails! They are really well balanced and not too sweet.
Another noteworthy thing about this restaurant is that they serve the best tofu I have ever had!
Find out more about True Food Kitchen here.
Good & Proper
After waking up at Hotel Adeline we went to their restaurant located by the pool, Good & Proper.
This food was a great way to wake up, that’s for sure. The French Toast was ridiculously indulgent in a good way, which means a lot coming from someone who typically doesn’t go for sweets.
If you want to stick to a vegan diet, I recommend grabbing an orange juice and pairing it with their amaranth oatmeal (which is pictured above).
My favorite part of this meal had to be the sandwich and potatoes. Being someone who can’t resist a nice and salty breakfast, I completely devoured this!
Find out more about Good & Proper at Hotel Adeline here.
On our last day in Scottsdale, we decided to check out a breakfast place called Butters. We saw this restaurant on our way back to the hotel from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and knew it had to be amazing just based on its name.
If highly recommend trying out their mocha cappuccino if you are craving something sweet with a bit of caffeine in it. For the entrees we got the scramble with smoked salmon and cream cheese and the eggs benedict. Both were incredibly good and we’d definitely get it again if we ever go back!
Find out more about Butters here.
All of the food we got to try in Scottsdale was just freaking amazing. I noticed a lot of experimental flavors that were executed perfectly, making you want to eat forever! If you are on the hunt for a foodie vacation, you’ve found your place.
A huge thank you to Experience Scottsdale for all of the hosted meal experiences. <3 As always, all opinions are my own. 🙂
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